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FastM3
01-02-2003, 03:58 AM
i'm just wondering what the max size for rims on an E30 would be...to put it in other words...what is the max size that wouldn't make an E30 look stupid?? :confused:

BMW BMXer
01-02-2003, 04:00 AM
18 but at stock height it would look lika roller skate

FastM3
01-02-2003, 04:28 AM
well ya i forgot to add that too...my car is stock height so what is the best for that...

i'm thinking of keeping it stock height for a while because of 2 reasons - 1) it's still kinda my dads car lolol and 2) i dont have the cash for springs, rims, rubber, etc...

i just want to focus on making the car look goood...so anyways back to the topic, i was thinking of getting rims with some small rubber on it....not like the ones on it now..look here...hard to see but you can tell the tires are thick!!

FastM3
01-02-2003, 04:29 AM
2

BMW BMXer
01-02-2003, 02:45 PM
your cars in awsome shape

Id lower it first, if you get big rims without lowering on e30s it looks really really goofy even Mine exagerated the gap a lil bit

B4 rims

BMW BMXer
01-02-2003, 02:45 PM
and after I need suspesnion!

BMW BMXer
01-02-2003, 02:46 PM
this is sick I think

ROB89M3
01-02-2003, 02:49 PM
PASTA,
You need to first get a suspension done,then you can look for
some bigger wheels. If you wanna make a statement with your car,then I go with 18"x8 wheels. Depending on the offset,you might need to roll the fenders,not a big deal. Best size tires are 225/35 18,....215/35 18 work too.It all depends how much you can afford to spend.

FastM3
01-02-2003, 07:44 PM
im not looking for bigger rims or tires...i just want to know what the max size it without the car being lowered....

i want to get those thin tires but with a nice sizes rims on the car..

lol and as i said before, the car is still kinda my dads so i dunno if he is gonna let me lower it, even though his a mechanic and can do it himself..

Pedro91'318i
01-02-2003, 09:22 PM
i heard of some dude putting 19's on an e30:eek:

M50E30
01-02-2003, 09:30 PM
Don't bother. Save your money. There is too much fender gap to put on a set of wheels. It will look like you are driving a 4X4!

And Pedro91'318i I would like to see that! 18's are probably the best. Anything over that is just too much.

Pic of mine (18"X7.5")...

FastM3
01-03-2003, 02:54 AM
M50E30 i looove*love* your car...just because its like....exactly the same as mine...lol

how much did you lower it??

M50E30
01-03-2003, 03:52 AM
Originally posted by pasta325i
M50E30 i looove*love* your car...just because its like....exactly the same as mine...lol

how much did you lower it??

Apex 60mm springs (came with car when I bought it) and added Tokico struts & Tokico rear shocks (blew two in less than a year). So I replaced them with Billstien rear shocks. I have been told that they could have sagged (haven't taken them out in awhile to find out if they did) over time, but they still feel nice and stiff.

Jon@Bimmersport
01-03-2003, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by pasta325i
M50E30 i looove*love* your car...just because its like....exactly the same as mine...lol

how much did you lower it??

i love it too! i think it should be the next feature car in spring!! dave u did an aawesome job...the first time i saw it i wasnt so sure...the more pics i see, the more i want spring to come *love* *love* *love* *love*

M50E30
01-03-2003, 01:28 PM
Thanx guys! The E30 might not be on the road this summer tho. Got more plans for it (and no i'm not telling). Lots of decisions in the next couple of months tho.

Dave

FastM3
01-03-2003, 04:58 PM
how much did those springs cost ya? or how much would it cost me (not labour) for the lowering springs...

Bavarian-E30
01-04-2003, 09:55 PM
I would go with 17 inch, they are not too big or too small. and are fairly worry free when it comes to bumbs in the road. to get a good feel of how ur car will look with rims. go to tirerack.com and check em out. u can see ur car w/ the rims on them! ( u might have been there) remember, if your goin for speed in the future (or now) usually bigger rims weigh more = more rotating mass which slows ya down :( otherwise, your decision. good luck, hope too see some pics when and if u get em.

FastM3
01-06-2003, 11:57 AM
thanks for the help guys....

i think that im gonna try lowering the car first, but that will bring the $$$ down and prolly wont have enough to buy some good looking rims...but thats the main problem, it's $$$, i dont have enough to do what i want..:mad:

Bob Loblaw
01-06-2003, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by pasta325i

but thats the main problem, it's $$$, i dont have enough to do what i want..:mad:

Hey, welcome to the club! :)

M50E30
01-06-2003, 05:19 PM
pasta,

Best thing to do is to save up your money untill you can start collecting parts. Get all the proper lowering items then look for a set of wheels. Stupid me went and got a loan! I couldn't wait! LOL! :D

FastM3
01-06-2003, 05:57 PM
ya i was thinking of taking a loan too lolol...but what are the min. things you need to have?? like age, record etc..

Mike Parks
01-09-2003, 12:05 PM
I have 17's now, but will plan on getting two sets after I sell the 17's. I will get a set of 18's and a set of factory 15's w/ race compound tires for that occasional weekend autocross:D .